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THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT Fantasy Predictions & Expert Golf Picks

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Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas is a two-time winner of THE CJ CUP, which is being held in Las Vegas for the second straight year

THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT is set for Oct. 14-17 at The Summit Club in Las Vegas. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.

Here's what our best CJ CUP @ SUMMIT lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:

Justin Thomas ($11,100)

This event features a stacked field that includes 17 Ryder Cuppers, and the fact that it's a limited-field event means that you can field a stacked lineup, too. JT is a two-time winner of this event (both wins came in South Korea), but it's his new player-caddie partnership with former broadcaster and longtime Mickelson looper Jim "Bones" Mackay that is creating the most buzz this week. The duo could form a wildly successful pairing in 2022, as Thomas looks to add another major to his ledger, and it will fascinating to follow them in their initial outing together.

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Xander Schauffele ($10,600)

It's shocking to realize that Schauffele, a fixture on major leaderboards, has only four career PGA Tour wins, and none since January 2019. Frankly, it's a fluke that should be remedied as the 2021-22 season unfolds. Despite the lack of trophies on his mantel, Schauffele has risen to No. 5 in the World Ranking; he won an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo; and he went 3-1 at the Ryder Cup, forming a formidable pairing with Patrick Cantlay.

Jason Kokrak ($8,500)

The defending champion this week, Kokrak has quietly cracked the top 30 in the World Ranking on the strength of his two wins last season. Something of a late bloomer, the 36-year-old was a clinician with the putter throughout the 2020-21 season, rising from 151st in SG: Putting the season before to 6th as he posted a career year. His final-round 64 at THE CJ CUP last year tied for the low round of the tournament and gave him a two-shot win. Sure, it was at Shadow Creek and not at The Summit, but that's a minor quibble.

Charley Hoffman ($7,200)

We've said it many times before — when the Hoff gets hot, it can be a scary thing. Of course, it can all go wrong at a moment's notice; he cost himself thousands of dollars this past weekend at the Shriners by going 5-over for his last three holes. But the former UNLV Rebel is in comfortable environs this week, and he's been surprisingly consistent, missing only one cut (at the Open Championship) since February.

Jhonattan Vegas ($6,300)

It's Vegas, baby! But Jonny Vegas presents more upside than just a cheap pun opportunity this week. The three-time PGA Tour winner quietly piled up some good finishes in 2021, including three runner-ups, the most recent coming at the 3M in July. He's an elite ball striker who ranked 6th in SG: Off-the-Tee last season.

Charl Schwartzel ($6,100)

Schwartzel quietly had a solid 2020-21 season, posting three top-3 finishes and making it to the penultimate round of the playoffs. The 2011 Masters champion may never reach those heights again, but he looks like a bargain this week.